Opposition MPs Paul Mwiru (Jinja East) and Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) have officially joined the new political party, Alliance for National Transformation (ANT).
The two MPs were officially unveiled on Tuesday at a news conference in Kampala.
In his remarks, Paul Mwiru who has been a member of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) thanked ANT for accepting to receive him, terming it a great honor.
“It’s a great honor to be with ANT because I want to form part of the new future which puts people first. I’m in ANT from today officially by choice and will,” Mwiru said.
“The big task ahead requires an organized group with a conscious and consistent way to make a contribution and turn around this country. And this is what I have come to do”.
The ANT recently picked former FDC President, Gen Mugisha Muntu as the ANT candidate to run against President Yoweri Museveni in next year’s election.
On his part, Gerald Karuhanga said he has always wanted to be part of ANT because of its formation and structural framework which constitute the very critical values that Uganda needs.
“If it wasn’t for the constitution of Uganda that impairs Members of Parliament, certainly, I would have joined at the launch (of ANT),” Karuhanga, an independent MP said.
“I know we still face many challenges as a nation. But I’m very confident that the team we’ve identified with are people that cherish values and believe that the nation must be put fires before self”.
He said these strong gifts will create the very solutions the country is seeking.
Karuhanga says ANT will give equitable opportunities and resources to all Ugandans and will not tolerate nepotism as is the case with the current government. This is because of the tenets of transparency, equity, honesty, unity and justice that ANT stands for, he said, and that this is what attracted him to join the organization.
“To the younger generation, we are faced with a burden and we are lucky to be around at this time. It’s not by mistake that we are the ones with the energies to transform our county. This isn’t the time to cool off but to marshal all our energies to turn around our country,” Karuhanga said.
The Acting National Coordinator for ANT, Alice Alaso welcomed the two MPs and said there is a lot to do including mobilization to ensure the party delivers the change in governance.
“It gives us big joy to witness your homecoming. We are so excited to have you here. You’ve been part and parcel of this process,” Alaso said.